This is a one year full time course running from September until May.
Successful completion of this course will result in a QQI, Level 5, Film and Television Production Certificate, 5M18519.
- Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied or equivalent
- Mature applicants with relevant experience welcome
Entry to this course is subject to interview.
- Film Production 5N0637
- Television and Film Editing 5N15745
- Image Processing 5N1292
- Computer 3D Modelling and Animation 5N1603
- Scriptwriting 5N18476
- Photographic Techniques 5N1538
- Work Experience 5N1356
- Communications 5N0690
The following facilities are available at the college.
- Video Cameras
- Sound facilities
- Editing equipment including lighting and a variety of photographic equipment
Holders of a FETAC/QQI Level 5 Certificate in this course may progress to further studies doing FETAC/QQI Level 6 Photography here in the college. Students may also apply for entry to the following courses via the CAO.
- Communication Studies DCU
- Creative Digital Media IT Tallaght
- Digital Media Design Letterkenny IT
- Film and Television Production IADT
- Animation Letterkenny IT
- Photography DIT
- Photography IADT
- Visual Communication and Graphic Design Letterkenny
- TV and Film at home and abroad
- Social Media- emphasis currently is on creating video productions for companies which use social media for promoting their products and events.
- Television Research
- Local Radio
- Advertising Agencies
Applicants are asked to pay €50 on submission of their Application Form. Once you have applied you will be called for an interview within a few weeks. QQI examination fees cost €50, although Medical Card holders are exempt from paying this fee on production of a valid medical card. Books and essential class materials may also be required. A €200 Government levy will apply on acceptance of a place on PLC course, but medical card holders and those in receipt of a maintenance grant will be exempt. A Student Services fee of €50 also applies.
I love my course because it’s so varied. Each class is a mix of practical and theoretical work. Our teachers keep us informed about industry standards, while encouraging us to be creative and to think outside the box.
DETAILED COURSE OUTLINE
Film Production 5N0637
Students are guided through the journey of pre-production, production and post-production in the making of a digital film. This module covers a wide array of practical and technical skills needed to manage the many resources of short film production, from shooting schedules to cast and crew and budget requirements.
Assessment Criteria: Project 40%, Assignments (2) 60%
Television and Film Editing 5N15745
This module covers the knowledge and skills needed to utilise the tools and resources in editing within the television and film production process. Students complete editing project which allows them to develop their analytical and creative skills when managing video and audio tracks.
Assessment Criteria: Skills Demonstration 40%, Assignments (2) 60%
Image Processing 5N1292
The image processing module aims to develop knowledge and skills to visualise and plan all stages that are involved in the production and manipulation of digital images. Students are given the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the workings of a digital SLR camera and then to finalise their work using Adobe software, in particular Photoshop. The complexities of successful colour reproduction and its visual impact is also explored.
Assessment Criteria: Project 20%; Collection of Work 60%; Learner Record 20%
Computer 3D Modelling and Animation 5N1603
Students are trained in the use of an industry standard three dimensional computer application. Their confidence and creativity is developed while exploring the principals of producing 3D images and animations. Design elements of animation are explored alongside the technical aspects of using the computer software.
Assessment Criteria: Collection of Work 60%; Project 40%
Script Writing 5N1897
The scriptwriting module explores the process of communicating ideas in visual and written form using industry standard formats. Throughout the course students learn the many aspects of scriptwriting techniques such as development of characters, dialogue and story structure. The scripts are developed as shooting scripts and accompanying storyboards to make them production ready. There is a natural cross over between this module and Film Production. Students also adapt a script for radio.
Assessment Criteria: Collection of Work 100%
Photographic Techniques 5N1538
This module focuses on developing photographic techniques, skill and understanding of photographic processes. Students become familiar with an SLR camera and produce professional quality images that show a comprehensive knowledge of formal elements such as composition, sharpness , tone and depth. Photographic concepts such as aperture, shutter speed and depth of field are also covered in detail.
Assessment Criteria: Collection of work 40%; Project 30%; Learner Record 30%
Students studying Communications Level 5 will be able to do with the following:
- Analysis of a range of current issues in communications and information technology.
- Summarise in practical terms the elements of legislation that must be observed in a personal and/or work context, to include health, safety and welfare at work and communications-related legislation.
- Use appropriate non-verbal and visual communication in personal- and work-related settings, to include one-to-one, in a group/team, and in formal and informal interaction.
- Demonstrate verbal skills appropriate to working under general direction, to include making a case and presenting a point of view in group discussion, formal meetings, interviews.
- Demonstrate listening skills appropriate to working under general direction, to include making eye contact, receiving and interpreting information, control of personal response.
- Research a relevant vocational topic, to include use of primary and secondary sources, acknowledgement of sources, use of enquiry techniques and methods to establish validity and reliability
Assessment Criteria: Collection of Work – 50%, Skills Demonstration – 50%
Work Experience 5N1356
Students studying Work Experience Level 5 will do the following:
- Examine work organisations and personal career opportunities in a particular vocational area, to include consideration of work-related issues and needs.
- Summarise the basic rights and responsibilities of employees and employers in a particular work, organisational or institutional context, to include health, safety and welfare at work, equality legislation, union representation and regulations relating to pay.
- Present relevant work experience material, to include a Curriculum Vitae or personal statement, letter of application, evidence of job-finding skills, skills checklist, statement of learning goals, contractual arrangements.
- Participate effectively in a work experience placement for a minimum of 60 hours to gain experience/insight into their chosen vocational area.
Assessment Criteria: Collection of Work – 60%, Skills Demonstration – 40%
Westport College of Further Education reserves the right to limit the number of places available, make changes in any course or to withdraw the course. No part of this information shall be deemed to form a contract between Westport College of Further Education and the student, or a third party.